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Windows 7: Help! Backup and restore the system partition

25 Aug 2016   #1
sprokofiev

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Help! Backup and restore the system partition

I have two partitions--C: contains Windows and installed apps; D: contains my data. I used "Create a system image" on the Backup and Restore screen to create an image on a USB drive (F. Asked "Which drives do you want to include in the backup?", I left D: unchecked and created the required images for "System Reserved (System)" and "System (C (System)". Everything proceeded normally.

I tested this by attempting to restore with the aid of a System Repair Disc. All went well, until I got a screen offering me an opportunity to:
Format and re-partition disks.
Select this to delete any existing partitions and reformat all disks to match the layout of the system image.
And, of course, this is where I bailed out.

I want to restore only the C: partition, without changing D:. Is this possible?. Should I have made an image of the D: partition as well? Had I done so, could I have prevented restoring the D: image?


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25 Aug 2016   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Were you using Windows built-in Backup/Restore function? If so, I don't know how to help you. I do know Macrium Reflect free or pay-for will do what you want.
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25 Aug 2016   #3
sprokofiev

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

RolandJS: I guess your sub-text is that I might be wasting my time trying to get the built-in Backup-Restore function to work like I want it to. I could get Macrium Reflect, I suppose. But before I do, I'd like to make sure that the built-in really can't do what I need.

Thanks

After a little more experimentation, and I discovered the 2nd option--the one I had been looking for. It is only presented if the backup has two or more partitions (besides the small reserved partition). Option 2 reads this way:
Only restore system data
Select this to restore only the drives from your backup that are required to run Windows. If you have separate data drives, they will not be restored.
By "drives", they mean partitions.

Both options work, although some of the warning messages are a bit scarry.

Option 1: The physical drive is reformatted and all partitions in the backup set are written onto the target.

Option 2: the System partition (C: in my case) is restored, but all other partition (just D: in my case) are not. The bug here is that Option 2 is not offered if the backup set only has one partition. The moral is to backup at least two partitions, unless you mean to wipe all partitions except the System partitions.

The options are selected by check boxes, not radial buttons as one would expect. I have no idea what option 3 (both checked) and option 0 (neither checked) do--I probably never will know, unless I can't think of some better way to spend a weekend morning.
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26 Aug 2016   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It looks like you got what you wanted! I only mentioned Macrium Reflect not because you're wasting your time with Windows built-in backup/restore, rather, because I do not know how to help you with your Windows' built-in Backup/Retore, and, I wanted to give you a 2nd option, a 2nd backup program to be using. That way, regardless of which one temporarily hiccups, the other one should be in working order -- during any specific restore operation.
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